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Minnesota Supreme Court considers whether late serial killer deserves case review

Convicted Minneapolis serial killer Billy Glaze is dead. So should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Monday morning about whether attorneys working for the Minnesota Innocence Project have standing to continue a petition for review of Glaze’s case.

Glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in December 2015, amid his attorneys’ efforts to exonerate him with new DNA evidence.

A district court judge agreed with Hennepin County prosecutors last year that Glaze’s appeal died with him. Glaze hadn’t yet proven his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no “live controversy” to be resolved, the judge found.

Attorneys for Glaze, however, argued on appeal that the public has an interest in learning whether the justice system worked fairly. Glaze’s name still deserves

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-considers-whether-dead-serial-killer-deserves-case-review/463491253/

Minnesota Supreme Court considers whether dead serial killer deserves case review

Convicted Minneapolis serial killer Billy Glaze is dead. So should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Monday about whether attorneys working for the Minnesota Innocence Project have standing to continue a petition for review of Glaze’s case.

Glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in December 2015, amid his attorneys’ efforts to exonerate him with new DNA evidence.

A District Court judge agreed with Hennepin County prosecutors last year that Glaze’s appeal died with him. Glaze hadn’t yet proved his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no “live controversy” to be resolved, the judge found.

Attorneys for Glaze, however, argued on appeal that the public has an interest in learning whether the justice system worked fairly. Glaze’s name still deserves to

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-considers-whether-dead-serial-killer-deserves-case-review/463491253/

Serial killer asks Kentucky Supreme Court to overturn conviction

A convicted serial killer on death row is asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to overturn his 2014 conviction.

Larry Lamont White killed three women in the 1980s. The third murder case went cold until a few years ago, when a Louisville jury found him guilty in the rape and murder of Pamela Armstrong.

Attorney Susan Jackson Balliet believes that the jury that convicted White of rape and murder in 2014 was led to dislike him from the start.

During White’s third trial, Balliet said jurors were presented with gruesome photos and details of White’s first two murder convictions and that the exploitation of previous crime evidence violated White’s right to due process.

“It was blown way out of proportion by allowing the prosecutor to argue it was genocide,” Balliet said.

She said the prosecutor wanted jurors to believe that White’s

Read more at: http://www.wlky.com/article/convicted-serial-killer-asks-kentucky-supreme-court-to-overturn-conviction/9148764

Ohio Supreme Court gives Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell a new attorney

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday granted Anthony Sowell’s request for a new attorney to handle his appeal. 

Anthony Sowell was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to death for the murders of 11 women whose bodies were discovered in his home on Imperial Avenue.

The court placed Sowell’s conviction on hold until he has exhausted all of his appeals, which could take several more years.

The court on Thursday appointed Daniel P. Jones, an assistant Ohio Public Defender based in Columbus, to file an application to re-open Sowell’s direct appeal of his conviction. Jones has until March 30 to file the request.

Jones filed a motion on Feb. 7 asking the court to appoint him to handle Sowell’s further appeals 

The court denied his first direct appeal and upheld Sowell’s conviction in December.

Sowell’s previous attorneys argued the trial court incorrectly conducted a closed hearing regarding statements Sowell made in a series of police interrogations, and that the court erred

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/02/ohio_supreme_court_gives_cleve.html

Supreme Court dismisses Cody Legebokoff’s attempt to overturn 4 murder convictions

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed serial killer Cody Legebokoff’s application to appeal his four first-degree murder convictions.

Legebokoff killed three women and a 15-year-old girl in northern B.C. between 2009 and 2010. 

In September 2014 a B.C. Supreme Court Justice in Prince George sentenced Legebokoff to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Before the proceedings in 2014 Legebokoff’s lawyer applied to have the trial moved to Vancouver but his application was rejected by B.C. Supreme Court Judge Glen Parrett.

Parrett only provided his reasons for dismissing the application after Legebokoff was convicted. That was the basis for Legebokoff’s application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

As is common practice, the high court did not give its reason for dismissing the application for an appeal.

The application to the Supreme Court of Canada came after Legebokoff’s previous attempt at a new trial was heard in the B.C.

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/scc-dismisses-cody-legebokoffs-appeal-application-1.3985775

Ohio Supreme Court Delays Serial Killer’s Execution Date – ABC News

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to delay the execution date for a Cleveland man convicted of killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home.

The court on Thursday granted the request from attorneys for serial killer Anthony Sowell (SOH’-wehl).

The execution had been set for Nov. 18, 2020. The court said the execution would be delayed until Sowell had exhausted all his appeals, most likely through the federal courts.

The court’s action was similar to its approach to other death penalty cases. It regularly sets initial execution dates after upholding death sentences, then delays them on request.

Jurors found Sowell guilty of killing 11 women from June 2007 to July 2009.

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This story has been corrected to show the scheduled execution year is 2020, not 2010.

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ohio-supreme-court-delays-serial-killers-execution-date-44570684

Ohio Supreme Court upholds conviction of serial killer Anthony Sowell

Anthony Sowell (FOX 8 file photo)

Anthony Sowell (FOX 8 file photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the murder convictions against serial killer Anthony Sowell on Thursday.

The court voted 5-2 to uphold the 11 aggravated murder convictions and death penalty sentences. Justices concluded the trial court did not document all the findings necessary to close proceedings, but that failure did not require a new trial.

“Although Sowell’s statements to police are incriminating, the state presented overwhelming independent evidence of guilt supporting Sowell’s convictions and sentence,” Justice Terrence O’Donnell said in his opinion.

Cleveland police were investigating a rape case against Sowell in 2009 when they searched his house on the city’s east side. They discovered two bodies at the Imperial Avenue home. Over the next several days, investigators worked to uncover and identify the remains of 11 women.

Nearly two years later,

Read more at: http://fox8.com/2016/12/08/ohio-supreme-court-upholds-conviction-of-serial-killer-anthony-sowell/